Shawn L. Bird

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quote from Jenny Hubbard January 15, 2016

Filed under: Literature,Quotations — Shawn L. Bird @ 2:50 pm
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In the book, And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, protagonist Emily is sorting out the world by writing poetry and reading Emily Dickinson.  The book is full of poetry and is written with a very poetic tone. Here is a particularly beautiful passage:

So sew. Either way you spell it, on its own, the word looks wrong.  Emily could write a poem about it, about how sew needs a subject, an object.  About how a girl needs a duty to lock her in place. So if she sits at a desk, scrawls words on paper, are the words as lonely as she, or do they sow seeds into a soul across time, across centuries?  Was Emily Dickinson ever able to thread the words together in such a way that she was beyond the need for stitches?

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12 Responses to “quote from Jenny Hubbard”

  1. “So what? Sew buttons. Zippers are better. Buttons are cheaper. So what? Sew buttons.” A little ditty my Dad said, whenever one of us came out with “So what?”

  2. Lori Carlson Says:

    That IS a beautiful quote, Shawn… and now I must read this book.. thanks!


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